Farm Calls: Raised Bed Mulch Layers for High Tunnels

This week a small-farm grower contacted us.

“We own high tunnels and needed information about making beds. Searching the web we found your Rutgers High Tunnels Construction website. It is a great site. I am particularly interested in the bed maker ya’ll used. What brand was it and what was the cost? [Read more…]

Wanted: Composted Manure
Linking Compost Producers with NJ Farm Needs

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Aerated Bin Compost System

You may be one of New Jersey’s 7,200 horse owners without enough surrounding cropland to benefit from applying all your equine manure and stall wastes to your own land. [Read more…]

Aerated Bin Composting Demo Photo Gallery

Aerated Bin Composting demo

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The concrete work in this installation illustrates desired floor construction method.

  • The floor forms leave the center open (with a ledge for 2” x 6” lumber floorboards). This uses far less concrete, which is costly.
  • It maintains the PVC pipe air plenum resting on stones so airflow is never blocked and out of the way for ease and avoiding damage when loading and unloading the bins, and drainage under the floor.

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NEWA Pest Forecasting Further Refines Grower Intuition

njnewaImplementing new technology, the results of  applied research, is one reason American agriculture has been so successful. Innovation is an important component of sustaining farming on our urban fringe.

This month in the Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe Briefing, we check out how an innovation, newly available in NJ, helps growers save money and lessen environmental impact.
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